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Types of study programmes in the Republic of Croatia

Higher education in the Republic of Croatia is performed within university and professional courses. University study programmes qualify students to work in science and higher education, private and public sector and society in general, as well as to develop and apply scientific and professional knowledge. Professional study programmes provide students with an appropriate level of knowledge and skills required to work in applied professions, as well as a direct integration in the working process.

University study programmes have three levels: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate. Professional study programmes are split into: short professional studies, undergraduate professional studies, and specialist graduate professional studies.

Undergraduate programmes normally last three (180 ECTS) to four (240 ECTS) years. Upon completion, students are awarded an academic title of Bachelor (prvostupnik) with reference to a specialisation. Graduate programmes normally last one (60 ECTS) to two (120 ECTS) years. The total number of credits earned after completing both undergraduate and graduate studies is at least 300 ECTS. Upon completion of both undergraduate and graduate studies, students are awarded an academic title of Master (magistar struke) with reference to a specialisation. Postgraduate university studies are divided into specialist and doctoral studies. Specialist studies last for one to two years. Upon completion, the student is awarded the title of University Specialist with reference to a specialisation (univ. spec.). Doctoral studies last three years (180 ECTS). Upon completion of doctoral study, the academic title of Doctor of Science or Doctor of Arts is awarded (dr. sc. or dr. art.).

Professional studies are divided into short professional studies, undergraduate professional studies, and specialist professional graduate studies. Short professional studies last two (120 ECTS) to two and a half (150 ECTS) years. 

Upon completion, students are awarded a professional title of stručni pristupnik/pristupnica with reference to a specialisation. Undergraduate professional studies last three (exceptionally four) years and students earn 180-240 ECTS credits. Upon completion of professional studies students are awarded a professional title of stručni pristupnik/pristupnica with a reference to a specialisation. Specialist professional graduate studies last one to two years and students can earn 60-120 ECTS credits. Upon completion, students are awarded a title of a specialist of the respective profession.The total number of credits earned after completing both undergraduate and graduate professional studies is at least 300 ECTS.

There are currently 1358 accredited study programmes in the Republic of Croatia. 

 

Types of study programmes

 

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